When we were first starting our body care business we made a lovely product called "Baby's Bath Bundle". Made with organic oatmeal, and calendula and lavender blossoms it was a wonderful alternative to soap for newborns. (Yes, despite what you may have heard, babies don't need soap. Soapless washing is best for their fresh, tender skin.)
We discontinued the Bath Bundle, but this week I have had two customers asking for them. Ideal for any itchy skin (young or old), Bath Bundle is gentle, soothing, and relaxing. Great for diaper rash, hemorrhoids, poison ivy, bug bites, and sunburn.
I recommend organic for all ingredients. Dried herbs can be purchased through your local food coop in their medicinal herbs section, or online through www.wildroots.com.
2 C rolled oats (quick rolled oats are preferred, but use what you have)
1/2 C dried calendula flowers
1/4 C dried lavender flowers
1/4 C dried chamomile flowers
Essential oils (any, all or none - avoid for babies under 6 months):
four drops lavender EO
one drop patchouli EO
Place all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir with clean hands or a wooden spoon to combine. Add essential oils and stir to combine. Store is a glass jar with a tight fitting lid in a dry, dark location. Bath Bundle will last at least 1 year.
Using your Bath Bundle is easy. There are two methods. Try both and choose your favorite.
Method 1: Tea Bag Brewing- Fill a reusable cloth tea bag with approximately 1/4 C Bath Bundle. Hold bag under running bath water and squeeze and massage to release soothing elements. (You can make your own tea bag by tying a double layer of cheesecloth into a pouch with string or by sewing muslin into a small drawstring bag).
Method 2: Loose Brewing - Scoop 1/4 C bath bundle into a teapot or cooking pot. Fill pot with hot water, cover, and steep until cool. Strain and press out any water. Add to your bath.
Bath Bundle is compostable after use, and if you choose the Tea Bag method of brewing you can also compost your worn cotton tea bags.